Despite the fact that months of investigations found that Planned Parenthood was not selling baby parts, (Duh,) Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has decided that if he can’t kill Planned Parenthood outright, he can sure as hell try to bleed it dry. Dewine has now filed legal action against three of Ohio’s Planned Parenthood clinic, claiming that their medical waste vendors were dumping fetal remains in landfills.
Republican State Representative Kyle Koehler, a sponsor of the bill, says that “Whether they are selling body parts or simply tossing them into landfills doesn’t matter to me anymore.”
The bill would require mothers who suffer a miscarriage and are treated at a hospital, or woman who have abortions at a clinic, to sign a form and designate the fetal remains for either burial or cremation. These cost of these services would be placed on the facility, and would then, of course, likely be passed on to the patients themselves.
Representative Barbara Sears, says that the motivations for this bill are not political. “The idea of respectfully treating the remains of an infant who has been aborted, I think is critical. And I think that you can see how we treat our own childhood pets when we are disposing of them in a respectful way, you know I think that people are shocked. And I don’t think that it matters whether you are Republican or Democrat or Independent or oblivious to politics all together,” said Sears.
Gabriel Mann of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio disagrees, and says the motivations for this bill are nothing but political:
This law that Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have been following has been in effect for 40 years, 3 months and 14 days and nobody had any problems with them following the law until Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had to announce that Planned Parenthood was following the law. And he got very frustrated by the fact that he had to tell the truth and now they need a new law.”
Mann continued, stating that there is no need for a new law such as this. “None of this is medically necessary. The only reason that these bills are being introduced is because they want to try to harass abortion providers and harass women that are seeking a safe and legal procedure.”
According to Danielle Craig with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, these types of legislative attacks are ongoing and do nothing but hurt women who are already facing an extraordinarily difficult time in their lives.
“You know, each time one of these regulations are introduced, that’s more burden on the women who come in to see us and I think that’s the unfortunate part,” said Craig.
In the continued war on women in Ohio, House Bill 294 passed on Tuesday with a 62-30 vote. This bill would block Planned Parenthood from receiving state and federal funds; regardless of the well-known fact that this funding cannot be used for abortion services and is instead used for “sexually transmitted disease tests, breast and cervical cancer screening tests, HIV tests, an infant mortality reduction program, a domestic violence prevention program, and a program that teaches sex education and financial literacy to foster care children.”
Lakewood Democrat Rep. Nickie Antonio said on the floor of the House, “This is about ideological opposition to a woman’s right to choose — let’s call it what it is — by legislators who think they have the right to make a woman’s personal health care decisions.”
Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, says that this is just another example of politics being put before people.
“Their blatant disregard for the truth and the well-being of Ohioans is disgusting,” Kight said. “They are willing to disrupt community programs that help some of our most vulnerable citizens, all to score cheap political points. These are not the leaders that the people of our state deserve.”
Ohio is determined to strip women not only of their right to choose, but also their ability to receive vital healthcare services, by any means necessary.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.